Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Fitzwilliam College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

Fitzwilliam College
University of Cambridge
The Grove, Fitzwilliam College
Arms of Fitzwilliam College: Arms of FitzWilliam (lozengy argent and gules) with a chief of the arms of Cambridge University
Scarf colours: maroon, with two equally-spaced narrow grey stripes
LocationStorey's Way, Cambridge, England (map)
Coordinates52.21447°N 0.10489°E / 52.21447; 0.10489
Full nameThe Master, Fellows and Scholars of Fitzwilliam College in the University of Cambridge
MottoEx antiquis et novissimis optima (Latin)
Motto in EnglishThe best of old and new
Established1966 (1869 as a non-collegiate body)
Named after
Previous names
  • Fitzwilliam Hall (non-collegiate) (1869–1924)
  • Fitzwilliam House (non-collegiate) (1924–1966)
Sister collegeSt Edmund Hall, Oxford
MasterThe Baroness Morgan of Huyton
Undergraduates475 (2018/19)
Postgraduates411 (2018/19)
Endowment£69.5m (2021)[2]
Location in Cambridge

The college traces its origins back to 1869 and the foundation of the Non-Collegiate Students Board, a venture intended to offer academically excellent students of all backgrounds a chance to study at the university. The institution was originally based at Fitzwilliam Hall (later renamed Fitzwilliam House), opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum in south-west Cambridge. Having moved to its present site in the north of the city, Fitzwilliam attained collegiate status in 1966. Female undergraduates were first admitted in 1978, around the time most colleges were first admitting women.

Fitzwilliam is now home to around 475 undergraduates, 500 graduate students and 90 fellows.[3] By overall student numbers, it is the seventh-largest college in Cambridge as of 2018/19.

Notable alumni of Fitzwilliam College include six Nobel Laureates, a large number of prominent academics, public officials, businesspeople, clergy and athletes, three heads of state or government, one current UK Supreme Court Justice, and a significant number of political figures including a former Liberal Democrats leader, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the current and former Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police.

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